Welcome to “Get To Know a Nat.” There are currently 39 men on the 40 man roster, and we’re going to give you the straight scoop on all of them! Not sure where to start with player and season previews? Not ready to jump into heavy metrics? Just want to get to know the players, what they do, and what to expect from them in 2013? Then you’ve come to the right place!
Name: Wilson Abraham Ramos
Nickname(s): The Buffalo, Vamos Ramos!
DOB: August 10, 1987 (Age 25)
From: Valencia, Venezuela
Position: Catcher Batting Order: 8th
With the Nats Since: Acquired via Trade in 2010 from the Minnesota Twins
By all accounts, Wilson Ramos had a rough year last year. Well okay, his rough year started in 2011-but we’ll get to that. For the 2012 season, Wilson Ramos was poised to break out. Everyone was excited to see one of the best young catching prospects blossom into the starter he was supposed to be. Jesus Flores moved to the back-up role, Pudge Rodriguez moved on from baseball, and Ramos was ready to shine.
Of course, that was all before On November 9th, 2011 when Ramos was kidnapped from his home in Valencia, Venezuela. He was there playing in one of the many Winter Leagues in South America-and as a high profile player for an MLB team, he was a target for kidnappers. Strangely, this was the “not so bad news” as he was reported alive the next day, and rescued the day after.
The Ramos family, the Washington Nationals, Natstown and Ramos were all relieved and ready to move on. The strange story of the kidnapping was fodder for joking around in Spring Training of 2012. “So, how was your winter?” asked pitching coach Steve McCatty-playing dumb. “Anything goin’ on?” Fans and teammates alike settled into what they hoped was a long great season behind the plate from Wilson Ramos.
Then the really bad news. That season ended on May 12, 2012 when Ramos tore the ACL in his right knee. He had been trying to field a passed ball in a game against the Reds. After twenty five games, he ended up on the 60 day disabled list and never got back.
Now, in 2013 Ramos is back in camp and almost ready to play. Apparently he’s just got to work on his slide. When he does take the field though, all eyes will be on just what Mr. Ramos can do.